The country’s PM Narendra Modi will visit the election states of Tripura and Meghalaya on Sunday (December 18) and will lay the foundation stone of projects worth more than Rs 6,800 crore there. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that these projects include projects in various sectors including housing, roads, agriculture, telecom, information technology (IT), tourism and hospitality.
The PMO said Modi will also participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the North-Eastern Council and attend its meeting in Shillong. In Agartala, Modi will launch the Griha Pravesh program for more than two lakh beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban and Rural.
The PMO said that the North-Eastern Council (NEC) was formally inaugurated on November 7, 1972 and has played a significant role in the socio-economic development of the region by supporting various infrastructure projects and development initiatives. The PMO said that the NEC has helped create valuable capital and social infrastructure in sectors including education, health, sports, water resources, agriculture, tourism and industry, among others.
The PMO said that in a public function, Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of several projects worth more than Rs 2,450 crore. In a move to further improve telecom connectivity in the region, the Prime Minister will dedicate 4G towers to the nation, of which work on over 320 has been completed and about 890 are yet to be completed.
PM Modi will launch several other development initiatives including four road projects in the three states of Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from this, he will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong at Umsawali. The PMO said that the Prime Minister will also inaugurate a spawn laboratory and beekeeping development center at the Mushroom Development Center in Meghalaya. Apart from this, he will also inaugurate 21 Hindi libraries in Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Assam. Modi will launch projects worth more than Rs 4,350 crore in Tripura.
PM Modi has focused on ensuring that everyone has their own house. Taking an important step in this direction, he will start the Griha Pravesh programme. These houses, developed at a cost of more than Rs 3,400 crore, will be given to more than two lakh beneficiaries.
With a focus on improving road connectivity, the Prime Minister will inaugurate a project for widening of the Agartala Bypass (Khairpur-Amtali) National Highway-8, which will help ease traffic congestion in Agartala city. He will lay the foundation stone of 32 roads of over 230 km length under the three Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and launch a project to improve 112 roads covering a distance of over 540 km.
PM will also inaugurate State Institute of Hotel Management and Agartala Government Dental College in Anandnagar. Assembly elections are due in both the states early next year. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power in Tripura, is working to increase its strength in Meghalaya.